Villa Sophia 2009: Il Monstro Viola

This weekend was bottling weekend. Bottled up nine gallons of cab, Il Monstro Viola (this was the year that the purple monster in our front yard died) yielding 55 bottles of wine. Interestingly the two carboys I used had distinctively different tastes, one had a much stronger oak taste than the other. But both batches, this year, had a lot less of that "juice" taste than my previous years. Off to storage you go, Il Montro Viola:




More like this

This weekend the grapes for my second "real" batch of wine were delivered to Mountain Homebrew and Wine Supply. Last years vintage, Villa Sophia "La Gruccia" was a success in that it didn't turn to vinegar and that over time it is definitely mellowing out, but I wouldn't say it was a fantastic…
Another Wine Experience - Spanish wines from Ribera del Duero and Rioja By Erleichda The gathering of Jim's Disciples met at a nearby BYOB restaurant that we had used before for the monthly wine dinner. Most of the diners were outside on the patio enjoying a marvelous summer evening, while the ten…
Everytime I walk into a wine store, and see that collage of numerical stickers (This Chianti is a 91! This Pinot Grigio is an 88!), the neuroscientist in me wants to tear them all down an go on a long rant about unconscious biases. The idea that the human olfactory system can reliably decipher the…
Yesterday, 6 December was the feast day of Saint Nicholas and that can only mean one thing: the newest batch was Samichlaus bier was brewed in Austria. Samichlaus - Swiss-German for 'Santa Claus' - is recognized widely as one of the world's rarest, finest, and strongest bottom-fermented, or lager…

You can guess who made the labels, and it wasn't Mr. Pontiff :)

I'll take a bottle.

Molto bene, ma {monstro, montro} -> mostro, no?

'Monstro' is a sort of superposition of Italian 'mostro' and English 'monster'. But it is ok, maybe. Also notice that in Italian 'mosto' (no 'r' inside) means 'new wine'. Saluti, s.

Oh, cool. Do you sell your wines? I wouldn't mind cracking open a bottle by a SciBlogger. ^_^

By Xanthir, FCD (not verified) on 29 May 2009 #permalink